Trees of Transition

Comfort for people going through life transitions by sharing thoughts, photos, cards, and recipes.


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Our Little Blondie Has Arrived!

Joel was born yesterday the 14th of November at 2:20am!!! He is a blondie, weighed 9 lb 8 oz at birth and is 23” long. He has Stephen’s forehead and my chin. 👶

We labored at home from Sunday morning until Monday afternoon so that we were 7cm dilated when we checked into the hospital on Monday; after 10 hours of hospital labor, we got to see our baby boy, Joel Christopher Schuh. Then we got to celebrate him the rest of his birthday day!!

I love being a mama!! Joel is a good eater and sleeping pretty well for a newborn; we are so thankful for this gift!

-Mary Hope

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Memorial Day Heroes 

My grandpa Howard served in World War II as a doctor; he helped save people’s lives during any battles –including the Battle of the Bulge. My dad was in the Naval reserves and almost had to go to the Korean War, and he was proud that he got to serve his country. I remember playing in his old navy uniform as a child.

My cousin was in the Marines, and now his son just joined the Air Force. My uncle served in the Korean War, and so I have many people to be thankful for this Memorial Day.

I am thankful for our country and all the people that have risked their lives to protect it!

-Mary Hope

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Savoring Having a Mom

Having a mother that is alive is such a gift. 🎁 My Mom has struggled with depression and over the last month has come out of a recent dark season–thanks to God, my aunt, medicine, and counseling. I’m thankful I could hang out with her yesterday and celebrate motherhood with her!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017


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The Boyfriend Surprised Me Again!

On April 16th, 2015, my boyfriend and I will have dated for six months… On the topic of flowers, Mr. Boyfriend remembers what I tell him, and then surprises me when I don’t expect him to. He did it again!

On Monday night, I walked in to hang out a bit and saw these:

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2014: A Growing Year

2014: A Year of Leaping Ahead, Falling on my face, and getting back up again: A beautiful year

Second graders singing, with me playing the piano. This year I got a keyboard and started playing piano again!
A chocolate and flower birthday with friends.
Flying to North Carolina for spring break, getting so sick, and celebrating about a friend having a baby (that arrived a few weeks ago).

Getting hired as a Bible/Writing teacher, moving to the city and getting a wonderful apartment. Moving in on the hottest day of the year!

My nephew’s first birthday (I made him his cake).

My sister married her best friend, Danny! A city wedding full of cream colored roses…

School started and the students learned, and I learned a lot. Then that job ended unexpectedly, and I rested, healed, and connected with lots of loving people. Now I’m tutoring at a community college! I hope soon I can be an adjunct professor…

Forgiveness works! God knows how to direct life well. I’m so thankful nephew knows my name, and I’m dating a great guy.

I never thought my year would end in Napa Valley, California meeting a great guy’s family and who I’m falling in love with…life gives you lots of challenges, but if you trust that God is guiding you, life may hurt for a while, but you heal and grow stronger.

2015 is going to be amazing! I wish you the best 2015–full of hope, joy, and lots of love.

By M. H. Campbell Copyright 2014

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Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish

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The sweet and tangy flavors of this relish tastes like Thanksgiving.

2 cups chopped whole oranges (peels included)
3 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup sugar

In a fruit processor grind the oranges and cranberries to a finely chopped mixture. Add the sugar and pulse until mixed into the relish.
Yield: About 4 cups


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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

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This is the Thanksgiving centerpiece I designed for our table. 🙂
I’m thankful for flowers, family, and friends (including those of you reading this.)

By M. H. Campbell Copyright 2014